*Facelis retusa

Family Asteraceae

Short-lived perennial herb to 20 cm high with decumbent stems. Longevity 2 - 5 years.

Flowers: White, purple-tipped, October – January.

Fruit: Achene 1 – 1.5 mm long, with pappus of numerous hairs.

Seed: Wind dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of South America.
  • Weed of woodlands and gardens.
  • Occasional weed at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Facelis retusa plant 

Facelis retusa flower

Facelis retusa fruit